In the words of the ANZACS in the Middle East 1916-19
‘Devils on Horses is a very important book for New Zealanders, and for those who read military history. We now have an account of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade in Sinai and Palestine that at last does justice to their story. This was perhaps the finest body of New Zealanders ever to serve overseas, and now we can see why.’
Chris Pugsley – Department of War Studies – Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
These are the opening words of Chris Pugsley’s Foreword to this book, a ringing endorsement of Terry Kinloch’s brilliant account of the Anzac Mounted Rifles in the Middle East, a theatre of war that has been overshadowed by the terrible havoc wreaked on Anzac soldiers in Gallipoli and the Somme.
Yet the story of the Mounted Riflemen in Sinai and Palestine is a truly fascinating one.Reunited with their horses after the frustrations of Gallipoli, the Mounted Rifles could at last pursue the style of warfare for which they had been trained.
Using the soldiers’ original letters and diaries wherever possible, Kinloch describes all the crucial battles against the Ottoman Turkish Forces, including Romani, Gaza, Bir el Abd and the massacre at Surafend. It is also the story of the horses; only one of the approximately 2500 New Zealand horses that travelled to the Middle East returned home. By then the war was over and the Turkish Empire had been destroyed. The Anzac soldiers and their horses had played a vital role in securing the victory.
Lieutenant-Colonel Terry Kinloch has held a commission in the New Zealand Army since 1983. He has completed operational tours in Bougainville, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Egypt. He spent much of his regimental career in Queen Alexandra’s Mounted Rifles, an armoured unit that is the last Regular Force link to New Zealand’s horse-mounted units. This is his second book about the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade in the First World War, completing the story begun in Echoes of Gallipoli. He was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in 2006, and is currently posted to Washington D.C. as New Zealand’s staff officer in the American, British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Armies Program. He lives in Virginia.
Name: Devils on Horses
Editors: Terry Kinloch
Size: 242 x 184 mm
Pages: 408 pages, with extensive maps and photographs